LIFE OF form,, tliat is, the coherence of forms, subdivided into races and families—than to the observer whose seiise for nature has not been refined by an insight into its laws. But, to attain to this, men must make themselves familiar with the universal views of creation; and this is, indeed, becoming an undeniable want for the people, which strives after educational means for the extension of intelligence and learning. Humboldt endeavours to inculcate such general views which help to explain the single and special laws of nature, in thiSj Ms legacy to the German people; and, thereby expands the mental life of the nation, by bringing it from its ignorance into connexion with the entire world, by letting it surmise the coherence in the natural phenomena from these general views, and urges on to varied study. Partly with the view of calling attention to these works of the great philosopher,, and of assisting in advancing his purpose in those classes of the people where "K.osinosJJ still requires a popular interpretation, partly, also, to present, at the close of this biographic sketch, an intellectual portrait of Humboldt, drawn by his own hand, in the general character of the truths acquired by him, by a contemplative observa- tion of natural phenomena; we will now endeavour to give a very brief summary of " Kosmos/' which may "be generally comprehensible. We address ourselves especially to those of whom Humboldt says: "Whom- soever his position permits, sometimes to rise above the narrow "boundaries of civic life,, blushing that he has been so long a stranger to nature, and has passed by her without emotion, will find one of the noblest en- joyments which a developed reason can afford to man in the contemplation of the great and unbounded life of nature. The study of natural sciences will awaken faculties in him which have long slumbered; he enters into a closer connexion with the material world, without becoming insensible to the industrial progress and intellectual development of humanity."